It’s unfortunate Nomar is in a contract year at the time he’s suffered this injury. Arn Tellem has got to be grinding his teeth.

It’s extremely fortunate that Derek isn’t in a contract year – it would have been damn hard for Casey Close to negotiate Jeter’s nearly 100K per batting average point out of Steinbrenner at this juncture.

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  • It’s difficult to tell what’s wrong with Jeter. One thing I do notice about Derek is that he seems to be swinging at a lot more inside pitches which are balls – pitches he could not possibly hit hard in fair territory.

    JCL (YF) May 19, 2004, 12:46 pm
  • Buster Olney, in a piece rather harshly titled “Jeter on the Path to Mediocrity” on today, suggests that Jeter’s problem is his innate aggressiveness; that his lack of patience at the plate rarely leaves him ahead in the count and otherwise makes him an easy target for pitchers, who know of his propensity to swing, swing, swing away. It’s hard to argue with this line of argument—we sure wish he would be a bit more circumspect at the plate—but it doesn’t really explain why he would be stuck somewhere around 100 points below his career average. History has given us plenty of extremely aggressive hitters. We just hope Derek falls back into his normal patterns a little bit, and that there’s not some hidden injury that’s taking a toll. We would remind Mr. Olney that Derek finished 3rd in the batting race last year. That’s hardly a mediocre track.

    YF May 19, 2004, 2:01 pm

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